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Villopoto Maintains AMA Supercross Lead

San Diego Supercross

The seventh round of AMA Supercross at San Diego presented some major challenges to Ryan Villopoto, but he battled through them to hold onto the SX points lead.

First, the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Villopoto had to run his KX450F on a rain-soaked track in Qualcomm Stadium. The track continually deteriorated from the first qualifying sessions to the main event.

And when that main event started, Villopoto’s usual-good start with the front pack ended when he crashed, damaging his Kawasaki. The Poulsbo, Wash., native had to pull into the mechanic’s area so Villopoto’s Supercross team could remove a dangling rear fender.

Villopoto remounted, and begin picking off riders one-by-one, eventually finishing the 20-lap Supercross race in an impressive seventh place. Villopoto’s finish allowed him to keep a three-point lead over San Manuel rider James Stewart, who finished the race in third.

Taking his first victory of the season was Two-Two Motorsports Honda rider Chad Reed, followed by the reigning champion, Ryan Dungey (Rockstar Makita Suzuki).

Ryan Villopoto (Monster Energy Supercross) says: "I didn’t get a good start and I ended up getting hit from both sides on the first lap. I came in since my rear fender was hanging and went out in 20th. I did what I could to make up time and just put in solid lap after lap. I knew I wanted to push as hard as I could to make up as many points as possible."

Villopoto’s teammates in the Supercross Lites class, Tyla Rattray and Broc Tickle, finished second and third, respectively. Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Josh Hansen finished sixth, and maintained the Supercross Lites West points lead. Interim rider Fabien Izoird finished 13th in the supercross class.

Hansen didn’t race last week to the West series having a one-week break in Texas, which was good for his still-healing hand. Despite being off the bike for almost two weeks, Hansen transferred straight to the main and finished the night, salvaging sixth place.

Josh Hansen (Monster Energy Kawasaki) says: "My hand wasn’t feeling that great and the rain didn’t exactly help me at all," said Hansen. "I had to hold on a little bit harder than normal because of the rain, but I’m glad to go into the break with the points lead."

AMA Supercross Class, San Diego Results
1. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Honda
2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki
3. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha
4. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda
5. Davi Millsaps, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha
6. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM
7. RYAN VILLOPOTO, POUSLBO, WASH., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
8. Brett Metcalfe, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki
9. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM
10. Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha

AMA Supercross Lites, San Diego Results, Western Region
1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda
2. TYLA RATTRAY, WILDOMAR, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI
3. BROC TICKLE, HOLLY, MICH., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI
4. Cole Seely, Corona, Calif., Honda
5. James Decotis, Peabody, Mass., Honda
6. JOSH HANSEN, ELBERT, COLO., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI
7. Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM
8. BEN EVANS, GARDEN CITY, IDAHO, KAWASAKI
9. Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki
10. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha

AMA Supercross Class Point Standings
1. RYAN VILLOPOTO, POUSLBO, WASH., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 146
2. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha, 143
3. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 130
4. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Honda, 130
5. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 123
6. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 95
7. Brett Metcalfe, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki, 93
8. Davi Millsaps, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha, 78
9. Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha, 76
10. IVAN TEDESCO, MURIETTA, CALIF., KAWASAKI, 66

AMA Supercross Lites Results, Western Region Point Standings
1. JOSH HANSEN, ELBERT, COLO., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 128
2. BROC TICKLE, HOLLY, MICH., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 125
3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 116
4. Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 96
5. Cole Seely, Corona, Calif., Honda, 88
6. Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM, 83
7. TYLA RATTRAY, WILDOMAR, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 80
8. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha, 71
9. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., Suzuki, 69
10. James Decotis, Peabody, Mass., Honda, 67

Villopoto courtesy of Frank Hoppen

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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